Manchester Arndale opens up to Withy Grove

Click to see ‘Manchester Arndale opens up to Withy Grove’ in a variety of different sizesOne of the worst aspects of the old Manchester Arndale was that it was a beast with three backs. The largest covered shopping centre in Europe when it opened, the Arndale only welcomed visitors via Market Street, which became the UK’s second busiest shopping street (after London’s Oxford Street) by footfall. High Street, Corporation Street and particulary Withy Grove died.

This is about to change. When the IRA bombed it, Corporation Street was home to a crappy pub. Now it’s been partly absorbed by Exchange Square and is home to that huge Next, Nike and Top Shop.

Here’s a view of a new entrance to the Arndale opposite Withy Grove Stores. The older building’s been terribly neglected. That signage must pre-date the Arndale. It looks derelict, but does house what looks like a never open stationers. It’ll be interesting to see what happens here once Withy Grove’s exposed to the masses.
This posted via mobile via Flickr and so not so closely proofread. Click the pic to see it large (there’s an ‘all-sizes’ tab for really large).

2 thoughts on “Manchester Arndale opens up to Withy Grove

  1. I’ve seen the stationers open. It’s actually in the building across the road, along with a gun shop. Withy Grove Stores is an office furniture and safe shop.

    I’ve just uploaded a couple of pictures I took of WGS and the gun shop (it’s got a gargoyle over its door) to my gallery.

  2. You can see how tatty Withy Grove stores is better in your pic (I’ve added a link to your comment). It would be nice to see buildings like this allowed to retain their character, but I doubt it’ll happen.

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